We're pleased to offer students discounted tickets (“Student Rush”) to performances throughout the year. Eligible students can get 50% off last-minute tickets (when available) to SFJAZZ performances that take place in the Robert N. Miner Auditorium.

Who is eligible for the discount?
Students: grade school, middle school, high school and college (including graduate school). College and graduate students must have valid student ID. The Student Rush discount is not transferable to anyone who is not an eligible student.

Which events are eligible for Student Rush discount tickets?
All SFJAZZ events that are not already discounted (e.g., Family Matinee Concerts, Special Family Shows, Education Events such as Beacon Award concerts, Discover Jazz classes.)

How many Student Rush discount tickets can I buy?
Each eligible student may buy up to two discounted tickets.

How do I buy Student Rush discounted tickets?
Eligible students enjoy 50% off the regular ticket price to SFJAZZ concerts (see exceptions above), based upon ticket availability. Heavily-sold shows that are close to selling out may not be available for Student Rush. These discounted tickets can only be purchased at the venue ticket window on the day/night of the event. Just show your valid student ID and ask for Student Rush. (Note: Availability of Student Rush tickets for a given event will not be announced in advance.)

Student Rush tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

Types of payment accepted at the venue box office are:
Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and cash.

If you have any questions about the Student Rush program, please email boxoffice@sfjazz.org. Enjoy!

Leaders Circle Lounges are a benefit for all Leaders Circle Membership levels. During select intermissions* for concerts in the Robert N. Miner Auditorium, we invite Leaders Circle Members and their guests to skip waiting in bar lines and engage in good conversation with other music enthusiasts. Located in the Joe Henderson Lab off the first floor lobby, Leaders Circle Members enjoy a glass or two of complimentary wine or beer, tasty desserts from GreenCap Catering, savory nuts, water and soda. Just enough time to grab a bite to eat and meet like-minded jazz patrons before the second set!


Each season, SFJAZZ produces a deluxe, limited edition CD set of live performance recordings of the SFJAZZ Collective’s repertoire for that year.

In addition to documenting the band members’ original compositions every season, each year’s CD set includes works by one of jazz’s “modern master” composers: Ornette Coleman (2004), John Coltrane (2005), Herbie Hancock (2006), Thelonious Monk (2007), Wayne Shorter (2008), McCoy Tyner (2009), Horace Silver (2010) and Stevie Wonder (2011). After the blockbuster success of the group’s take on the work of soul legend Stevie Wonder, the Collective turns their focus to the music of keyboard genius Chick Corea.

These CD sets are only available from SFJAZZ. Many of the albums listed below are also available for digital download at iTunes, Amazon and other digital music retailers.

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Recorded throughout the Collective’s four-night residency October 20-23, 2016 at the SFJAZZ Center, the limited edition 2-disc set features the Collective’s reimagining of the music of Miles Davis as well as original compositions.

This limited edition 2-disc set, recorded during the Collective’s four-night residency in October 2015 on the Robert N. Miner Auditorium stage at the SFJAZZ Center, documents the SFJAZZ Collective’s arrangements of the music of Michael Jackson as well as their own stimulating compositions.

This limited edition 2-disc set, recorded during the Collective’s four-night residency in October 2014 on the Robert N. Miner Auditorium stage at the SFJAZZ Center, documents the SFJAZZ Collective’s fresh arrangements of the work of Joe Henderson—the late saxophone giant and longtime San Francisco native who had a long association with SFJAZZ—as well as their own stimulating compositions.

This limited edition, 10th anniversary disc highlights the best of the SFJAZZ Collective, from the fresh arrangements of the music of Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Stevie Wonder, to their own stimulating compositions. This live recording celebrates a 10-year musical legacy.

This limited edition 2-disc set documents the SFJAZZ Collective’s fresh arrangements of the work of piano genius Chick Corea and their own stimulating compositions. Recorded during the Collective’s four-night residency in March 2013, this is the first CD made on the Robert N. Miner Auditorium stage at the SFJAZZ Center and marks the recorded debuts of tenor saxophonist David Sánchez and drummer Obed Calvaire with the band.

Winner of Outstanding Jazz Album at 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards

Recorded June 19-21, 2012 at New York University’s Steinhardt James L. Dolan Music Recording Studio, Wonder: The Songs of Stevie Wonder is the definitive studio recording of the Collective’s arrangements of the music of Stevie Wonder. This release follows the Collective’s Live in New York 2011 featuring the Wonder music and original compositions, recorded at Jazz Standard in New York City.

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Recorded at The Jazz Standard in New York City, across a five-night run, Live in New York 2011 · Season 8 is the definitive document of the Collective’s 2011 repertoire, including fresh arrangements of Stevie Wonder classics and original compositions by group members. 

Recorded during the 2010 U.S. and European tour, Live 2010: 7th Annual Concert Tour is the definitive document of the Collective’s 2010 repertoire, including fresh arrangements of Horace Silver classics and original compositions by group members.

The definitive record of the Collective’s 2009 tour, Live 2009: 6th Annual Concert Tour features the Collective’s 2009 repertoire, including the work of McCoy Tyner and original compositions by group members recorded live on tour dates in the U.S. and Europe.

The definitive record of the Collective’s 2008 tour, Live 2008: 5th Annual Concert Tour features the Collective’s 2008 repertoire, including the work of Wayne Shorter and original compositions by group members recorded live on tour dates in the U.S. and Europe.

The SFJAZZ Collective’s first DVD release captures a live performance from the Jazz à Vienne festival, recorded July 10, 2007. This nine-song set features a mix of original compositions and Thelonious Monk songs including “Epistrophy,” “San Francisco Holiday,” and much more.

The definitive record of the Collective’s 2007 tour, Live 2007: 4th Annual Concert Tour features the Collective’s entire 2007 repertoire, including the work of Thelonious Monk and original compositions by group members recorded live on tour dates in the U.S. and Asia.

The definitive record of the Collective’s 2006 tour, Live 2006: 3rd Annual Concert Tour features the Collective’s entire 2006 repertoire, recorded on their most recent international tour. The 14 tracks on Live 2006 include a new piece by each band member plus works by jazz legend Herbie Hancock, in new arrangements commissioned from Grammy-winner Gil Goldstein.

The successor to Inaugural Season Live 2004, this CD showcases the Collective’s entire 2005 repertoire, recorded in concert at prestigious concert halls across the United Status during the band's national tour. The limited edition deluxe two-CD package features captivating photographs from the 2005 tour and an original liner-notes essay by noted Coltrane scholar Lewis Porter.

In spring of 2004, SFJAZZ launched one of the year’s most exiting new jazz ensembles, the SFJAZZ Collective, featuring eight all-star musician/composers who consistently rank among the top artists today. For their inaugural season, the group’s repertoire included the debut of new works composed by each Collective member and highlighted the music of master innovator Ornette Coleman.

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Sean Jones

Robin Eubanks

Warren Wolf

Edward Simon

Matt Penman

Obed Calvaire

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News & Press Quotes

Press Quotes

Press Quotes

"The octet boasts as much or more collective talent, firepower and critical acclaim than any other jazz ensemble going.. " — DownBeat
"As soloists you won't be able to find a finer collection of leaders who have come together in the spirit of communal communication. " — Jazzreview.com
"Music of Stevie Wonder: Live 2011 " — Best of 2011 lists from JazzTimes' Don Heckman & Geoffrey Himes
"It is a marvelous group. You should be congratulated for creating this ensemble. " — George Wein
"The Collective demonstrates the ability to look beyond jazz for inspiration while still remaining true to its core concept. " — All About Jazz
"Whatever it is, the SFJAZZ Collective idea really works where other all-star bands have failed. They’ve created a setting where the brilliance of every player comes through in harmony with the others. " — Kansas City Star
"The influence of eight of the most important jazz musicians in the world covering (Wonder) tunes will certainly shape the next five years. " — RVAJazz (Richmond, VA)
"Music of Stevie Wonder: Live 2011 " — Best of 2011 list from Jazz Journalist Association's Willard Jenkins
"In its eight-year existence, the SFJAZZ Collective has gone from triumph to triumph. " — All About Jazz
"A brilliant mix of post-bop reconstructions of the Motown icon's classics like "VIsions" and "Do I Do," alongside the groups lovingly rendered originals. " — DownBeat
"What its members bring to the table as composers, arrangers and players... that's the real reason the SFJAZZ Collective continues to be so successful. " — All About Jazz
"Music of Stevie Wonder: Live 2011 " — Best of 2011 list from Jazz Journalist Association's Sharonne Cohen
"You can propose various definitions for what this band represents, but it’s a superbrain for what serious jazz sounds like now. " — The New York Times
"The Collective [is] the best kind of jazz laboratory; one where the heroes of the past are celebrated alongside these relatively young icons in the making. " — All About Jazz
"Jazz at its highest levels: emotionally accessible, intellectually rigorous, and challenging to the octet, its soloists, and listeners. " — Daily Gazette, Albany, NY

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Tour Calendar

SFJAZZ Collective performs the music of Miles Davis and original compositions. More dates TBA.

March 2017
Mar 30 Rockport, MA Rockport Music
Mar 31 Albany, NY The Egg, Center for the Performing Arts
April 2017
Apr 01 New York, NY Miller Theater, Columbia University
Apr 02 Philadelphia, PA Annenberg Center
Apr 07 Washington, DC Blues Alley
Apr 08 Washington, DC Blues Alley
Apr 09 Washington, DC Blues Alley
Apr 13 Roanoke, VA Jefferson Center
Apr 15 Atlanta, GA Ferst Center for the Arts
Apr 21 Cleveland, OH Cuyahoga Community College
Apr 26 St. Louis, MO Jazz at the Bistro
Apr 27 St. Louis, MO Jazz at the Bistro
Apr 28 St. Louis, MO Jazz at the Bistro
Apr 29 St. Louis, MO Jazz at the Bistro
Apr 30 Columbia, MO Jazz In The District Jazz Series
May 2017
May 04 Grand Rapids, MI St. Cecilia Music Center
May 05 Chicago, IL Symphony Center
May 06 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

SFJAZZ Collective Lineup

Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He has released nine recordings as a leader, including the Grammy Nominated Identities Are Changeable (2014). He has collaborated with some of the most distinguished artists in jazz, a list that includes Charlie Haden, Bobby Hutcherson, Fred Hersch, Danilo Perez, Kenny Werner and Steve Coleman.

Among the great saxophonists to emerge at the end of the 20th century, Puerto Rican tenor virtuoso David Sánchez is in a class by himself. The five-time Grammy nominee has performed with a roster of greats including Charlie Haden, Eddie Palmieri, Roy Haynes, Tom Harrell and countless others.

For the remarkable composer, trumpeter, educator, and activist Sean Jones , the pursuit of j azz is a most serious endeavor. The Mack Avenue recording artist performed with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra from 2004-2010 and serves as Artistic Director of both the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Jazz Orchestras.

A five-time “Trombonist of the Year” in the DownBeat Magazine Critics Poll, Robin Eubanks is the premier jazz trombonist of his generation. In addition to leading his own groups, EB3 and Mental Images, Eubanks has performed and composed on Grammy®- winning recordings with Dave Holland and Michael Brecker.

Warren Wolf is a multi-instrumentalist from Baltimore,MD. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2001, Warren became an active musician on the Boston local scene. Warren is currently the drummer of choice for alto saxophonist Tia Fuller, and his upcoming self-titled debut release, will make it as apparent to jazz fans as it already is to jazz insiders that the 31-year-old vibraphonist is the next major voice on his instrument.

Edward Simon was born in the coastal town of Punta Cardón, Venezuela, where he grew up in a family of musicians surrounded by the sounds and rhythms of Latin and Caribbean music. He has produced seven critically acclaimed albums as a leader, including two New York Times top ten jazz records of the year: Edward Simon (Kokopelli, 1994) and Simplicitas (Criss Cross, 2005).

Originally from New Zealand, Matt Penman has become one of the most in-demand bass players of his generation since moving to New York in 1995. In addition to releasing his own critically acclaimed CDs as a leader, Catch of the Day (2007) and The Unquiet (2002), he has recorded as a sideman on some 100 other discs.

Miami native Obed Calvaire is one of the most exciting young drummers on the jazz scene. A brilliant instrumentalist who made his mark with trombonist Steve Turre, Calvaire has performed and recorded with an impressive array of jazz artists including Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri, Roy Hargrove, Bob Mintzer, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Mark Murphy, Eric Reed, the Clayton Brothers and others.

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star award-winning jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest performers/composers at work in jazz today. Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ in San Francisco, the SFJAZZ Collective has become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the jazz scene. The award-winning SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco is the Collective’s home base. 

 The current octet is a burnished international ensemble comprising alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, trumpeter Sean Jones, trombonist Robin Eubanks, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Obed Calvaire.

Each year, the SFJAZZ Collective creates and performs eight new works and eight new arrangements of tunes by an honored artist. Past honorees include Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver, Stevie Wonder, and Chick Corea. For their 2016-17 season, the Collective will perform new arrangements of the music of jazz innovator Miles Davis and new compositions.

In addition to its outstanding line-up with a leaderless format, the SFJAZZ Collective has also been praised for the innovative approach to repertoire. Through the pioneering approach of simultaneously honoring jazz's recent history while championing the music's up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective embodies SFJAZZ's commitment to jazz as a living, ever-relevant art form. 

As soloists, composers, and bandleaders, the SFJAZZ Collective represents what’s happening now in jazz. They also demonstrate that jazz has truly become an international language. Hailing from Ohio, Baltimore, Miami, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and New Zealand, the Collective’s multi-cultural lineup mirrors the explosion of jazz talent around the globe. However, the jazz community only reached its current state by maintaining its traditions while simultaneously embracing innovation. This, too, is the essence of the SFJAZZ Collective. These exceptional artists come together in the name of jazz as a constantly evolving, quintessentially modern music.

The idea for the Collective arose from discussions between SFJAZZ’s founder and executive artistic director Randall Kline and saxophonist and founding Collective member Joshua Redman. While deeply respectful of jazz’s origins and early traditions, SFJAZZ was concerned that the modern side of jazz, from roughly the mid-20th-century to the present day, was often overlooked in the public eye in comparison with the music of jazz’s so-called “Golden Age.” Both Kline and Redman were eager to showcase, in a manner that would resonate with jazz aficionados and newcomers alike, the artistic continuum from modern masters to today’s new generation of players. Much like chamber music, the music is designed for a small group of instruments to be performed in intimate settings and atmospheres including performing arts centers, concert halls and salons.

Past Collective members have included the likes of Eric Harland, Mark Turner, Joshua Redman, Bobby Hutcherson, Avishai Cohen, Stefon Harris, Dave Douglas, Nicholas Payton, Joe Lovano, Josh Roseman, Renee Rosnes, Robert Hurst, Brian Blade and others.

High School All-Stars

The SFJAZZ High School All-Stars program provides advanced-level training and performance opportunities for some of the most talented musicians in the Bay Area. Comprised of two ensembles -- the Orchestra, directed by Paul Contos, and the Combo, directed by Dann Zinn -- as well as Alternate and Mentorship Programs, the All-Stars rehearse and perform with today's top jazz educators and artists.

Those auditioning must read this important information before signing up. 2016-17 auditions take place August 18-21; sign-up to receive an audition time.


Monday Night Band

The SFJAZZ Monday Night Band, directed by acclaimed Bay Area musician, composer, and bandleader Adam Theis, provides musicians of all ages with a structured approach to learning and interpreting various styles and genres of jazz Open by audition to intermediate/advanced level instrumentalists and vocalists, this ensemble culminates in a final showcase in the beautiful Miner Auditorium. Auditions take place in the fall and in the spring; sign up to receive an audition time.

Koret Discover Jazz Courses

Jazz history, live performance, classic audio and exciting video make Discover Jazz the most distinctive jazz appreciation course available for adults.

The Great Jazz Women

Wednesdays, March 8 - 29, 7PM-8:30PM
Joe Henderson Lab • 4-class series

Who were these powerhouse jazz women who defied the odds and stood shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts, giving the world their awe-inspiring artistry? When will the playing field finally be leveled in this historically male-dominated field? Why do we need to highlight the accomplishments of women in jazz? Until we no longer have to ask these questions! For our Women’s History Month series, SFJAZZ will honor some of the most influential, talented and groundbreaking artists to shape the jazz landscape.

Koret Discover Jazz Series is generously supported by